Dry Eyes

Scott Vandenbelt, M.D. -  - Ophthalmology

Valley Eye Care, P.C.

Scott Vandenbelt, M.D.

Ophthalmology located in Bay City, MI

Most people don’t think much about the way their eyes work and feel. Those living with dry eyes, however, get little relief from dry, itchy eyes. If your eyes are uncomfortable or if your vision is blurred because your eyes aren’t properly hydrated, Scott Vandenbelt, MD, and his staff of eye care specialists at Valley Eye Care, P.C. in Bay City, Michigan, are here to help you restore moisture to your eyes. Call their office or request your appointment through their online scheduler today.

Dry Eyes Q & A

What is dry eye?

Your tears do much more than show emotion. Tears are critical for maintaining eye health and clear vision. The lubrication provided by your tears protects your eyes, clears foreign matter from them, and allows the surfaces of your eye to perform the jobs necessary for you to see clearly.

Dry eye is a condition in which your eye doesn’t produce or maintain enough quality moisture to perform all of those important functions.

What are the symptoms of dry eye?

Because the tears do so much for the eye, dry eye can be characterized by a number of symptoms. Those include:

  • Eye redness
  • Itchy, uncomfortable eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Difficulty wearing contact lenses
  • Eye fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • A stinging sensation in the eye
  • The feeling that something is in your eye

Surprisingly, dry eye can also cause watery eyes as your body tries to combat those symptoms. In that case, the issue is not necessarily your body’s production of tears but its ability to keep those tears in place to properly moisturize your eye.

How is dry eye treated?

There are a number of different treatments Dr. Vandenbelt uses to restore comfort and moisture balance to your eye. You can try artificial tears and adjust your lifestyle as needed. Prescription eye drops can help your eye get the hydration it needs. At the same time, changing environmental factors (e.g. adjusting medications that can cause dry eye, adding a humidifier at your home) can bring you further relief.

Dr. Vandenbelt treats dry eye with punctal plugs — tiny silicone plugs that stop up your eye’s drainage to keep more tears in your eye — and special contact lenses that keep a thin reservoir of moisture over the surface of your eye. Dr. Vandenbelt works with you to adjust these treatment options as needed until you have fully functional, comfortable eyes thanks to the restored moisture balance.

To alleviate your dry eyes, call Valley Eye Care, P.C. or book your appointment with the online scheduler today.